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secular humanism

n.
1. An outlook or philosophy that advocates human rather than religious values.
2. Secularism.

secular humanist adj. & n.

sec′ular hu′manism


n.
any set of beliefs that promotes human values without specific allusion to religious doctrines.
[1980–85]
sec′ular hu′manist, n.
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Noun1.secular humanism - the doctrine emphasizing a person's capacity for self-realization through reason; rejects religion and the supernatural
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
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A federal prison inmate and a secular humanist organization brought an action against the federal government, a prison, and prison officials, alleging that the inmate's constitutional rights were violated when the prison failed to provide accommodations to secular humanists.
Humanists of Minnesota is a chapter of the American Humanist Association and an affiliate of the Alliance of Secular Humanist Societies of the Council for Secular Humanism.
In Indiana, a federal judge ruled last year that the Center for Inquiry, a secular humanist group, must be allowed to certify celebrants.
Tomei identifies as a Secular Humanist and has worked hard to promote secular government.
He eventually embraced serving humanity from a secular humanist perspective.
The upshot of his argument is to claim for himself and his secular humanist friends the role of superior moral knowers, while the rest of us are required to sit down, shut up, and obey our betters.
As for an eternity in heaven - that would be hell" - Barbara Smoker, 90, a leading secular humanist who says she does not want an afterlife.
For the secular humanist, any cultural link with Judeo-Christianity must be broken.
However, this does not alter the objective reality that the tenets of the secular humanist religion are written into the laws of the federal government and all 50 states, and they are rigidly enforced and are taught as gospel in schools (as eloquently shown by Williamsen).
Every person who enjoys publications like The American Rationalist, Free Inquiry, The Moral Atheist, and The Secular Humanist Press will enjoy this book, and be rewarded with plenty to think about.
Belgian government reportedly accords recognized status to Catholicism, Protestantism (including Pentecostals and evangelicals), Anglicanism, Orthodox (Greek and Russian) Christianity, secular humanist groups, Islam, and Judaism.
Mark Rawlinson, who now describes himself as a secular humanist, saying he turned his back on the Catholic faith after becoming "disillusioned" by the Church, was joined by around 20 anti-Pope campaigners in what he described as a "peaceful" protest.